Obama waves as he steps aboard Air Force One 370.
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Both Democrats and Republicans expressed satisfaction over the weekend with the
results of a Smith Research poll published in Friday’s Jerusalem Post about how
Israelis see the administration of US President Barack Obama.
which was picked up by wire services and made news around the world, found that
the percentage of Israelis who consider the Obama administration more pro-
Palestinian than pro-Israel fell by a whopping 20 percent since another survey
taken just before the visit.
But the number of Israelis who consider the
administration more pro-Israel than pro- Palestinian rose by only one percentage
point, despite what was billed as Obama’s “charm offensive” to reach out to
citizens of the Jewish state.
The National Jewish Democratic Council and
the pro-Republican Emergency Committee for Israel both claimed victory and spun
the numbers in favor of their agenda.
“I’ve been in Israel since before
President Obama arrived and was in the convention center for the extremely
well-received speech,” NJDC interim executive director Aaron Keyak said. “The
Israeli public has reacted very positively to the president’s visit and his
message that the United States has Israel’s back. President Obama sent this
message to the Israeli people and made sure it was heard by those who seek to
destroy our way of life and the Jewish state of Israel.
This poll is just
the latest example of how clearly that strong message was
Emergency Committee for Israel executive director Noah Pollak
said he was not surprised that only one percent of Israelis were persuaded by
the visit that the Obama administration was more pro- Israel than
“President Obama said some good, long-overdue things –
but he continued blaming Israel for the failure of the peace process,” Pollak
said. “Why did he lecture Israelis on peace but not Palestinians? Why did he
demand that Israelis see things from the Palestinians’ perspective, but not the
other way around? Why didn’t he admonish the Palestinian people to demand that
their leaders pursue peace, as he did the Israelis? Israelis know that Obama, at
bottom, still promotes key aspects of the Palestinian narrative of the